The Great Reply-To Debate
Posted by Greg Wilson on 2009/09/03
Earlier today I used our Google Group to ask students for information for the very first time. Of the first dozen who replied, half mailed me back directly; the other half just hit “reply”, and wouldn’t you know it, Google Groups sets message headers to send replies to the whole list by default.
So, without further ado, here’s my first apology of the term—I should have checked what the default setting was, then changed it. In my defense, though, people have been arguing about what the “right” behavior should be for thirty years. Karl Fogel’s excellent book Producing Open Source Software has a nice summary, which you can read here. While you’re there, you should also check out his list of common pitfalls, and learn what “painting the bikeshed” means.